Posts Tagged ‘Pastitsios’

In case you don’t recognize the name “Elder Pastitsios”, you can refresh your memory here and here.

Philippos Loizos, the person behind the online pastafarian monk and notorious for his epic trolling, was arrested for “malintentional blasphemy” on September 24th, 2012. Today the court ruled “guilty” for the misdemeanor of “habitual revilement of a religion” and sentenced him to a 10-month prison term. Loizos immediately appealed the ruling and thankfully the appeal suspended the sentence, otherwise he would have been sent to jail.

While I hope that at some point in the appeal process the legal system will come to its sense and repel the sentence, I honestly fear that Philippos is in for the long run and might have to seek justice to the European Human Rights Court.

It’s always nice to see that the hellenic justice system is such a stickler for the letter of the law; especially antiquated legislature that goes against any concept of human rights and freedom of speech; things supposedly protected by the Constitution and the Human Rights Charter.


The Martyrdom of Elder Pastitsios
And the elder turned to the heavens and he cried with a great voice:
“Monster, forgive them; they know not what they do”.
by Yannis Antonopoulos

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Updated 01.11.2012

Last time (04.10.2012) the people protesting the “blasphemous” play “Corpus Christi” promised to return with more support (some claimed that they would be complemented by Golden Dawn members; Greece’s resident ultranationalistic, if not fascist party). Yesterday afternoon they made good on their promise.

News agencies speak of a crowd of around 50-100 people gathering outside the theatre; among them the Golden Dawn MPs Elias Panayotaros and Christos Pappas (the same one who brought the Elder Pastitsios issue to Parliament). The reports speak of 4 MPs of Golden Dawn, but the other two are not mentioned by name and I didn’t see any of them in the videos.

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Heavily edited on 08.10.2012

Today we have the latest chapter in the rekindling of religious censorship in Greece, after the incident with Elder Pastitsios. You may remember this piece of news. It happened a couple of months ago, in June, when several actors that took part in the “Corpus Christi” play were arrested on charges of blasphemy. Well, there have been developments.

According to TVXS.gr yesterday (04.10.2012) the accused appeared before a court to defend the play, since the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece didn’t think their remorseful press release was enough and finally filed for a restraining order on the grouds of blaspheming against Christ and demanding the play be cancelled.

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UPDATE at the bottom of the post

Οι Έλληνες αναγνώστες μπορούν να βρουν μια λίστα με ενημερωτικές πηγές για το περιστατικό στο τέλος του άρθρου.

Holy crap on a cracker! (is this considered blasphemous, BTW?) This took me by surprise. I’d heard the rumours, to be sure, but never thought that anything would come of them. What am I talking about? Do you remember this old article of mine?

T’is a miracle! Greek-Orthodox style #2

Take a moment and read it, if you haven’t already. It marks the seminal event that precipitated this whole mess. Go ahead, I can wait…

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UPDATE: The whole thing really blew up as the person behind the “Elder Pasitsios” nickname was arrested… on blasphemy charges! For more details, read this article.

Welcome to another installment of “T’is a miracle! Greek-Orthodox style”: Bogus and exposed miracles from our Greek-Orthodox side of the fence. Οι Έλληνες αναγνώστες μπορείτε να ενημερωθείτε απ’ευθείας για αυτό το φρέσκο μιράκολο από αυτή τη σελίδα στο Φατσοβιβλίο, όπου μπορείτε και να αφήνετε σχόλια. Το άρθρο απευθύνεται στους αγγλόφωνους αναγνώστες και τα σχόλια στα Ελληνικά θα διαγράφονται.

The troll-o-miracle of Elder Pastitsios

Unlike the previous installment, this article is quite different. Last time we had a miracle exposed as fraud. This time we have the case of a miracle that never happened (and it’s pretty fresh news as well).

The perpetrator is “Elder Pastitsios”, a parody facebook persona meant to poke fun at the hundreds (if not hundred thousands) of people that have elevated a now deceased monk (Elder Paisios) from the Mouth Athos monastic community to near sainthood and prophet-hood [think “Mother Teresa” only even more (in)famous]. The names obviously rhyme, but the first one is based on a classic greek pasta dish (and is a reference to the Flying Spaghetti Monster). Right wing and conservative publications often write about the monk’s alleged miracles and prophecies, much to the delight of their readership (and the economic crisis has only made things worse; with his “prophecies” a daily occurrence).

So this guy had the idea to create a fake account of a miracle by mixing up 5-6 other supposed miracles by the same monk and pass it along to a christian magazine and see if they would ever bother to double check its source and claims (needless to say I wouldn’t be writing this article if they had) and how fast the story would spread. That was a week ago.

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